5 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of Kissing The Bride by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Shaye Harland has been planning her wedding since she was a little girl. Now that the big day is almost here, she has a million things to do as planned out in her All Things Nuptials journal in order to make it the best day of her life. But just as she had to realize that her Mr. Perfect is Mr. Perfect-For-Her, Shaye may have to make some compromises in the wedding of her dreams as things begin to unravel. Thankfully, her husband-to-be Del is more than understanding of her need for perfection, and with the help of some friends they are able to roll with the punches leading up to the altar.
Kissing The Bride is book 7.5 of the Due South series, and is one of the few that is best read only if you’ve already read the others in the series. Not to say it couldn’t stand on its own, but it’s a short story that is a fun interlude in the life of the characters who live in Oban. The story follows Shaye and Del to the altar, starting a week before the wedding.
I truly enjoyed seeing this glimpse into all the characters’ lives. While the story focuses on Shaye and Del, their friends are very involved. Ms. Alvarez never disappoints with keeping her characters true to their characterizations, and this story is no different. Shaye’s planning becomes compromised by several unfortunate incidents including a coffee spill, a storm, and an ornery sea lion. Del, who loves Shaye even when she’s become a bridezilla, does his best to pick up the pieces and create the perfect wedding for Shaye. Meanwhile, Shaye has to learn to loosen up a bit and relax her standards, because at the end of the day, all that matters is she’s marrying her Mr. Perfect-For-Her.
Bravo to Ms. Alvarez for another entertaining glimpse into life in Oban.